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June 13, 2017

That was quite a heady topic1917 and the era of change!

Here are the titles we discussed:
  • Mata Hari, the True Story by Russel Warren Howe
  • Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie
  • The Romanovs: The Final Chapter by Robert K. Massie
  • To the Last Man by Jeff Shaara
  • Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
  • The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Experience of World War I by J.M Winter
  • The Western Front by Richard Holmes
  • Lenin on the Train by Catherine Merridale
  • The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Jonathan Schneer
  • 10 Days That Shook the World by John Reed
  • March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution by Will Englund
  • The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922 by Edmond Taylor

A Note About Time
At this month's meeting, we ran out of time! Please be considerate of others in the group and bring just one book to share—two at the most!

Please also remember that a full report from start to finish isn't necessary and sometimes robs others of the joy of reading the book you recommend! Rather than report on everything that happened in the plot, consider providing a brief synopsis of the setting or context, plus your reactions to the book. Thank you!

A Note About Writing
Some of you mentioned an interest in writing. As a writing coach, I'm more than happy to investigate how we can get a writing group or workshop started at our library. If you have thoughts or suggestions on that front, please let me know.

If you're interested in joining the free online writing group I facilitate, you can do so here. And if you wanted to check out my book about how to write your true life stories with greater ease, you'll find it here.

Join us Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. when we'll be discussing...

Beach Books & Best Sellers
After that intense topic, let's lighten the mood with fun summer reading that is perfect for bringing along to the beach. Pick a "guilty pleasure" light read that is just for fun, or grab a best seller that entertains and delights. (You'll find plenty of best sellers and beach books at the Book Sale on July 1 in the parking lot of the library. Come check it out!)
We hope to see you at the book sale and at the next Senior Book Break. Bring a friend, a book you'd like to talk about, or an idea for our next topic.

Happy reading!
Our very own teen librarian Charlayne Horton got into the teen spirit—that's 19-teens—to share her book about flappers.

May 9, 2017

In May, Senior Book Break read about myths, legends, and history.

Here are the titles we discussed:
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh Translated by Herbert Mason (this was the wonderful verse translation Donna told us about)
  • Noah's Flood by William Ryan and Walter Pittman
  • La Llorona by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Miss Lizzie by Walter Satterthwait
  • Sun Up: Tales of the Cow Camps by Will James
  • Will There Really Be a Morning: An Autobiography by Frances Farmer
  • Wine and War: The French, the Nazis,and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Donald Kladstrup and Petie Kladstrup
  • Ireland by Frank Delaney
  • Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture by Marvin Harris
  • Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
  • Tales Of The Alhambra by Washington Irving
  • The Case of the Missing Madonna by John Anderson
  • A People's History of the United States Abridged Teaching Edition by Howard Zinn
  • Chains and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

Join us next month when we'll be discussing...

1917: A Year of Change

100 years ago, the world was anything but boring. We were faced with modern warfare and all its horrors, health epidemics, social and political uprisings, and the old giving way to the new. These tumultuous times offer no shortage of interesting topics, from Bolsheviks to suffragettes and tear gas to influenza. Let's discuss books about this year of change and the surrounding era!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

We hope to see you there! Bring a friend, a book you'd like to talk about, or an idea for our next topic.

April 11, 2017

Our last discussion got us ready to search for plane tickets! What a wonderful mix of places came up in our meeting about Bucket List Travel!

Here are the titles we discussed:
  • Savannah Then and Now by Polly Cooper and Ted Eldridge
  • Made in Iceland by Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson
  • Boy Messenger's War: Memories of Guernsey and Herm, 1938-45 by Martin J. Le Page
  • Don't Let the Sun Step Over You: A White Mountain Apache Family Life, 1860–1975 by Eva Tulene Watt
  • People of the Blue Water: A Record of the Life Among the Walapai and Havasupai Indians by Flora Gregg Iliff
  • Land of the Burnt Thigh by Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge
  • The Silk Road by Valerie Hansen
  • In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Companion to the Public Television Film by Denis Belliveau and Francis O'Donnell
  • The Places in Between by Rory Stewart
  • Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving
  • Falling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of the World by Pico Iyer
Local author Mary Mead raffled off an Easter basket of delights, featuring delicious snacks and enough books to keep a book-lover busy until Thanksgiving! If you join us for our next Book Break, you might be the lucky winner!

Join us next month when we'll be discussing...

Books about Legends, Myths and History

Let’s explore how stories are shared, how legends are born, and how history is made.  We’ll discuss fiction and nonfiction books about the myths and legends of various cultures, as well as alternative historical accounts.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Hope to see you there! Bring a friend, a book you'd like to talk about, or an idea for our next topic.